Nurturing the Musical Spirit: Motivating Young Piano Students

I recently delved into the art of motivating young piano students in a YouTube Live session. Let’s explore key insights and strategies to inspire a lifelong love for music in your child or students.

Creating an Inspiring Environment

In the blog post accompanying the video, we’ll discuss practical ways to cultivate a motivational atmosphere at home and during lessons. Learn how the environment plays a crucial role in igniting the musical spark.

Avoiding Common Mistakes

Discover the most significant mistake parents make and how to steer clear of it. We’ll cover how to react to common scenarios and share insights into fostering a positive mindset toward music.

Effective Communication Strategies

Explore the language parents and teachers should use to encourage students without unintentionally hindering their progress. Learn why certain messaging can be detrimental and how to promote a healthy attitude toward learning.

Navigating Practice Dynamics

Understand the dynamics of practicing and why parents shouldn’t practice with their kids. Dive into the discussion on whether rewards are necessary for motivating young piano students.

Handling Challenges and Meltdowns

Gain valuable insights into dealing with practice lulls, tension, and meltdowns at home. Discover effective strategies for maintaining a positive and supportive learning environment.

Motivating Older Students

Explore the urgency of finding the fire in students aged 11 and up. We’ll discuss the typical arc of motivation from early childhood to the teenage years, offering guidance for nurturing continued passion.

Subscribe for More Insights

Subscribe to my channel for future insights into effective piano teaching methods and parenting tips for nurturing a lifelong love for music in your child.

Feel free to share with anyone you think would benefit from this YouTube Live.

Unlocking Musical Versatility: Teaching Kids to Sight Read and Play by Ear Simultaneously

As a piano teacher, you understand the importance of building a strong foundation in music from a young age. In our recent YouTube Live session, we delved into a groundbreaking approach that’s designed to transform the way children learn to play the piano. If you’re a piano teacher, music educator, or a parent considering piano lessons for your child, this innovative teaching method is for you.

The Power of Early Integration

In this insightful YouTube Live session, we explored the concept of simultaneously learning to sight read and play by ear right from the very first piano lesson. The idea is simple yet powerful: by linking these two essential skills early in a child’s musical journey, we can help them become well-rounded music makers at a remarkably young age.

Creative Approaches to Learning

One of the key takeaways from our session was the creative methods used to connect sight reading and ear training. We shared practical strategies that make the learning process engaging and enjoyable for young students. This approach not only nurtures their musical talents but also keeps them excited about their lessons.

Benefits for All Ages

While our method is ideal for children aged 4-12, it’s not limited to a specific age group. Piano teachers, music educators, and parents can all benefit from this approach. It’s a universal method that can transform the way music is taught and learned.

Nurturing Lifelong Love for Music

Our approach goes beyond teaching piano skills; it aims to nurture a lifelong love for music. By starting with a strong foundation in sight reading and ear training, students can confidently explore various musical genres and become more versatile musicians.

If you’re a piano teacher looking for innovative methods to enhance your teaching, or a parent eager to provide your child with a rich musical education, this teaching approach may be the key to unlocking your child’s musical potential.

Don’t miss out on this transformative approach to piano education. To dive deeper into these creative teaching methods, watch the full YouTube Live session on our channel. And if you’re ready to embark on a musical journey with your child, feel free to reach out to us for more information on how to get started.

Unlock the musical versatility in your child and join us on this extraordinary musical adventure!

Unlocking Musical Potential: Transforming Young Pianists with Innovative Practice Tracks

Are you a piano teacher or a parent with a budding young pianist at home? If so, you won’t want to miss our recent YouTube Live session, where we discussed a groundbreaking method for teaching young students to play the piano with creativity, joy, and a strong foundation in music. In this blog post, we’ll provide you with an overview of what you can learn from our session and how it can revolutionize your approach to piano education.

The Method at a Glance

Our unique piano teaching method is designed to cater to young students, typically aged between 4 and 7 years old. Unlike traditional approaches, our method empowers young pianists to play by ear, read music, improvise, and even engage in ensemble playing from their very first lesson. It’s all about nurturing a deep love for music while building essential skills.

The Power of Practice Tracks

During our YouTube Live, we delved into the use of practice tracks that are an integral part of our method. These tracks are thoughtfully organized to support your child’s development, and we explained the systematic approach to ensure comprehensive musical education.

Fostering Creativity

We also explored various creative applications of our method to make practice fun and engaging for young pianists. Creativity is key to maintaining enthusiasm for learning and ensuring that your child’s musical journey is an enjoyable one.

Unlocking the Benefits

Finally, we discussed how our method and practice tracks can help your child build confidence, develop a strong musical foundation, and ignite a lifelong love for music.

Take Action

If you’re a piano teacher, this innovative approach to teaching could transform your lessons, making them both effective and enjoyable for your students. For parents, this method could be the key to unlocking your child’s musical potential.

Watch the full YouTube Live session on our channel to dive deeper into these transformative teaching methods. Don’t forget to subscribe for future updates, and explore the possibilities of nurturing a young pianist with a passion for music.

Unlock the musical potential in your child today with our innovative approach! Stay tuned for more valuable insights on our website.

New Online Teaching Materials

Music teachers and students are just like everyone else during this chaotic time… We’re all trying to keep each other safe while moving lessons and classes online. I’ve been teaching online for over three years and love it – I’ve come to learn that it has several advantages over in-person lessons. But students and teachers making this switch with no warning or planning is not the ideal way to venture into the world of online teaching.

Less Video Thumbnail » Read more

MTAC Convention Recap

One week ago I had the honor of speaking at the MTAC Convention in Anaheim, CA. MTAC is an association of private music teachers throughout California. This convention featured guests speakers from around the world as well as some inspiring student and professional performances.

This was my first time speaking at a state-level event in California and it was an inspiring experience.

On Sunday I led a panel for students, teachers and parents on “Careers in Music”. The panel featured Loren Battley (Michael Bublé & Pomplamoose), Natalie Hernandez (Quincy Jones Production and Interscope Records), Jim Domine (San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra), E.L. Lancaster (Alfred Music and Cal State Northridge) and Joanna Ezrin (Producer, Session Musician and Teacher).

Monday I presented an hour presentation on building excitement in your teaching studio. I was so blown away with the turnout, the people interacting from the hallway and by so many folks staying an extra 30 minutes for an extended Q&A. Thank you to those who were in attendance.

In other news, I’ll be starting the blog up again with some fresh posts soon (as soon as jury duty is over).

Also, I’ve been teaching/consulting folks online over the past year. I really like this format for teaching. Everyone is really improving a lot. I have one opening for the summer. If you are interested in working together, let me know and we can discuss options.

Thanks!

Michael

Who is in Your Top Five? Helping your students by knowing their top five

Our students are typically really into music. As teachers we often assess a student’s musical engagement by how much and how well they practice in relation to what we ask them to do. However, an untapped goldmine for teachers lies in the music students engage with outside of the lesson.

» Read more

The Struggle is Real Teaching lulls and some remedies

The teaching calendar between the new year and the end of the school year is a long one. Even those of us who teach private lesson typically follow some sort of “school” calendar. Over the past few weeks I’ve observed both teachers and students starting to show the signs of being caught in the Spring lull. Maybe as teachers we get a little short and agitated because the students are spinning their wheels a little (or a lot). Students tune out the teachers because all the lessons are starting to run together. And this just scratches the surface of possible feelings and emotions happening.

» Read more

The Unassigned Assignments

There’s an assignment that we often miss as teachers. And it’s one that always makes our jobs way easier – maybe easier than anything we could have students do. Over time it simply transforms our students’ musical experiences and their abilities.

Students should be asked to listen to music each time we see them. It can be done in casual conversations about what they’ve been listening to (or what we’ve been listening to), to more precise assignments based on what you’re working on in lessons.

» Read more

Drum Kits are Our Friends Drum Kits Can Make Us Better on Our Instruments

Over time as I’ve gotten the opportunity to hang out and discuss music with people who have had very successful performance and recording careers, there is a common thread that they all emphasize in their own playing and admire in the playing of their peers. This common thread is rhythm. It can either be the commitment to and admiration of deep and individual time-feel, high levels of rhythmic accuracy, advanced rhythmic phrasing or to their ability to make the most basic musical parts feel so good.


» Read more

What to Look for in a Private Music Teacher A Guide for Parents Starting their Children in Music Lessons

When children begin music lessons there is always a lot more happening than just starting lessons. Parents bring their experience as former students or inexperience in music to the table. Experienced teachers bring well-formulated habits and routines that may or may not serve the new student. Inexperienced and young teachers may relate exceptionally well to a young student but not have the ability or experience necessary to efficiently move students from one goal to the next.

Card Game Image » Read more

1 2